PwC donates $350,000 to Jamaica Environment Trust

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Jamaica has donated $350,000 to the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) in support of the organisation's works in environmental education and advocacy.

The donation was made after PwC announced its commitment to reducing its carbon footprint by offsetting air travel emissions and energy consumption by 100 per cent.

Environment Lead Partner at PwC Jamaica, Gail Moore, in a statement today, said: “We all have a responsibility to protect our environment and this will require a paradigm shift in the decisions that we make each and every day. If we don't act boldly, severe changes in climate, water and air pollution, extinction of species and erosion of our shorelines will be inescapable consequences of our actions or inactions.”

She expressed hope that the donation will further accelerate JET's efforts to effect change in people's attitude towards caring for the environment.

PwC Jamaica's commitment to reducing its carbon footprint forms part of the move by the firm's global network to join the RE100 initiative of over 150 global businesses dedicated to growing the global demand for renewable energy, led by The Climate Group, an international non-profit, whose mission is accelerating climate action.

Regional Advisory Leader at PwC, Alok Jain, noted that the Caribbean is among the most vulnerable regions to the adverse impacts of climate change.

“For us, climate adaptation and resilience is a matter of survival,” he said, adding: “Our support to JET is a tangible demonstration of our commitment to protecting Jamaica's natural environment and, by extension, our local economy.”

For her part, JET CEO, Suzanne Stanley, said her organisation is extremely grateful for PwC's contribution.

“Donations like this are so very important to sustaining and building the capacity of our organisation, and supporting the work we do to protect Jamaica's natural resources. We look forward to building on our relationship with PwC in the future," she said.

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